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Israel Press Review of 10/11/2016
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Israel Press Review of 10/11/2016

Major Headlines 
  • Netanyahu calls Trump to congratulate him on victory

After congratulating the US president-elect with a video message, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also called Donald Trump on Wednesday, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Calling Trump a "true friend of the State of Israel," Netanyahu told Trump that the US has no better ally than Israel, while the newly elected American president invited the Israeli leader to Washington for a meeting at the earliest opportunity.

Netanyahu said that he believes the two leaders "will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights."  

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israeli right hails Trump victory

After congratulating President-elect Donald Trump, and thanking defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for her friendship to Israel, Bayit Yehudi chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett said "the era of a Palestinian state is over," the Jerusalem Post reports

"Trump's victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the centre of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause. This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple," he wrote.

Bennett's statement came in the aftermath of MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi)’s statement earlier on Wednesday. Smotrich seized on Trump's abandonment of the two-state solution during the US presidential campaign. He said the idea of an independent Palestinian state was now "shelved immediately."

"I urge the prime minister and the entire government to stand behind the settlements in Judea and Samaria, and announce today the construction of thousands of new housing units, planning and construction of new towns and cities, and to remove the blemish that the previous administration sought to implement - that the settlements are an obstacle to peace," Smotrich said.

‏Speaking in the Knesset plenum, Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud) gave his congratulations to Trump on Wednesday morning:

"Distinguished Members of Knesset, allow me to congratulate, on behalf of the Knesset and myself, the elected President of the United States of America, Mr. Donald J. Trump and Vice President-elect Mr. Mike Pence.

"We send our best wishes to the American People and are certain that they will remain united in dealing with the challenges facing America and the world today. Good luck!"

Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post


  • Israel stymies Palestinian attempts to join Interpol

Israel succeeded in stymieing a Palestinian initiative to join the International Criminal Police Organisation Interpol which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said “reflected the improved international standing of Israel,” Yediot Aharonot reports.

Sixty-two nations voted against the proposal, which included applications from the Palestinians, Kosovo and Solomon Islands, while 57 voted in favour and 37 abstained.  

Confirmation of the rejection came after Interpol issued a statement, according to which "all current and future applications for membership including those from the Republic of Kosovo, the State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands have been suspended."

Intelligence exchanges, for example, touch on the most sensitive matters for Israel including counter-terrorism, cyber, organised crime, arms trade and human trafficking, among others.

Israel has charged therefore that Palestinian entry into Interpol would enable them access to databases containing key information about terror and crime and even enable them to issue international arrest warrants against criminals. 

In a joint statement by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Police, Israel attributed its success in staving off what it considers a diplomatic offensive to its “intensive global effort to thwart the Palestinian initiative over the last few weeks."

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot

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